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The 1966 song "Devil in a Blue Dress" by Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels is what influenced this piece's color scheme, as well as the background of blue flames. I don't particularly like music from the Sixties, but songs from any period can sometimes be a goldmine for artistic inspiration.

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The Artist's Corner / Re: So Tyrannohotep likes to draw...a lot
« on: August 19, 2017, 11:56:36 PM »

My sister recently said that the classic "Venus de Milo" statue is her favorite piece of artwork ever created, which inspired me to do my own "Africanized" interpretation of it (although I had considered doing something like it before). The original statue is from the ancient Greek culture and may depict either the love goddess Aphrodite or the sea goddess Amphitrite (the latter being Poseidon's wife).

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The Artist's Corner / Re: So Tyrannohotep likes to draw...a lot
« on: August 18, 2017, 12:14:29 AM »

Nefrusheri, my Egyptian princess character, appears rather anxious about something here. Perhaps it is the burdensome responsibility she will inherit once she assumes her father's throne as Pharaoh.

The story behind this is that I was in an uninspired "meh" mood all day, so I wanted to draw one of my characters feeling almost the same way.

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Publishing & Marketing / Re: Wattpad
« on: August 16, 2017, 09:08:08 PM »
I've used Wattpad a few times in the distant past, but not anymore. Suffice to say, it's one of those sites where Sturgeon's Law is in full effect.

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The Chatterbox / Re: Is nostalgia over-rated?
« on: August 16, 2017, 09:04:36 PM »
I would say it depends on what sort of things you're looking at. Off the top of my head, these are the trends I would consider positive and negative nowadays.

+ Computer and video-game technology's continuing evolution
+ Wireless Internet
+ Special effects in movies
+ More sympathy towards marginalized demographics (women, non-European people, LGBT, etc.)
+ Social media (in the right hands)
- Climate change
- Creativity in Hollywood
- The devolution of certain educational TV channels (e.g. the History and Discovery Channels)
- The alt-right
- Our current Presidency

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The Artist's Corner / Re: So Tyrannohotep likes to draw...a lot
« on: August 16, 2017, 01:56:41 AM »
And this would be the colored version...

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The Artist's Corner / Re: So Tyrannohotep likes to draw...a lot
« on: August 15, 2017, 10:10:17 PM »

Having more fun with ancient Egyptian chicks in modern-day outfits here...

The word "hotep" means "to be at peace" in ancient Egyptian, but the Egyptians actually would use the phrase "em hotep" (in peace) as a greeting. However, omitting the "em" in the phrase made for better alliteration with "homies".

(And yes, this girl's get-up is based on my earlier character Nefrusheri, from whom she could very well be descended.)

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The Artist's Corner / Re: So Tyrannohotep likes to draw...a lot
« on: August 14, 2017, 02:58:40 PM »

The hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus) is a species of African antelope that roams the dry plains of Africa. They eat mostly grass and travel in herds ranging between twenty to three hundred individuals. Although their range is now restricted to the lands south of the Sahara Desert, in ancient times they were present in the northern parts of the continent as well. They probably would have been one of the several antelope species that Egyptian pharaohs and nobility would have hunted.

In fact, the idea behind this sketch came to mind while I was working on the first scene of my story "The Staff of Serpents", wherein my protagonist Nefrusheri is hunting some hartebeests with her brother.

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The Artist's Corner / Re: So Tyrannohotep likes to draw...a lot
« on: August 12, 2017, 06:57:01 PM »

This is my take on one of the most infamous scenes from late Egyptian history, namely Cleopatra VII's legendary suicide by snakebite. An 1892 painting by Reginald Butler inspired the composition here, but this moment has been a classic subject of historical illustration for centuries.

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Writing Games / Re: Write a happy story in three words
« on: August 11, 2017, 09:54:08 PM »
They kissed passionately.

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The Artist's Corner / Re: So Tyrannohotep likes to draw...a lot
« on: August 11, 2017, 05:25:13 PM »

My original character, an Egyptian warrior princess named Nefrusheri, is striking a pin-up pose here. I wanted this to look like something you'd see on the cover of Maxim, Playboy, or some other men's magazine. If such magazines existed in ancient Egyptian times, I'm sure princesses like Nefrusheri would love to pose for them.

I'm still working on the outline for Nefrusheri's story by the way. Right now, the first and third act have been sketched out, but for some reason the second act remains murky (and this isn't the first time that has happened to me).

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The Artist's Corner / Re: So Tyrannohotep likes to draw...a lot
« on: August 10, 2017, 12:24:30 AM »

It's going down between two of the mightiest fighters of all time, Bruce Lee and Tyrannosaurus rex. Need I say more?

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The Artist's Corner / Re: So Tyrannohotep likes to draw...a lot
« on: August 09, 2017, 08:37:04 PM »

Han Qiu is another character from my little fantasy project, which I am calling "The Staff of Serpents" for the time being. He leads the Shaolin monks whom the Chinese Emperor Bao Yen sends to steal the enchanted Staff of Serpents from Egypt. Han Qiu doesn't really have his own vendetta against the Egyptians, nor does he approve of the Emperor's vengeful and imperialistic agenda, but his Shaolin training compels him to obey his superiors (since honoring one's master is a major precept in the Shaolin belief system, at least as I understand it). You could say he's a reluctant right-hand man for the bad guy in this story. Oh, and the missing eye and scars on his chest are from a tiger attack he fought off in his youth.

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The Artist's Corner / Re: So Tyrannohotep likes to draw...a lot
« on: August 09, 2017, 04:25:45 PM »

My original character Nefrusheri, an Egyptian warrior princess, practices her martial arts skills with her khopesh sword in hand. I wanted to portray this character in a more dynamic action pose than my last drawing of her, in which she was simply standing.

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I am too partial to things like flush toilets and the Internet to want to live in any of the fantasy worlds I've created. Or the vast majority of fantasy worlds out there in literature, anyway. Even if they're not medieval European, they're still lacking in the technology I've grown up around.

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